The Reality of Reflecting
Spend some of my time when I’m not making photographs thinking about the interplay of reality and reflection. Often wondering about the border, the boundary dividing the two. About the connection between them.
Some of that ran through my head today when I glanced through the front door of a hair salon undergoing renovations. It was empty but for one man detailing the final look for a section of flooring.
The composition is complex, layered like a double exposure merging interior and exterior, receding lines leading to the man’s surprised pose with the lattice-topped barrier interrupting movement at the point where the man stands. The juxtaposition of indoor and outdoor elements creates a visual dialogue between the two environments.
The colors are muted. The natural light from the outside contrasts with the interior’s artificial lighting contributing to the overall mood.
Colors, tones, shapes, interior and exterior, and contorted action add confusion and cohesion to the photo. The strongest element of this photograph is the mystery of a challenging perspective.
It usually is as I work to make good photos every day.
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